PwC Future of Health - supporting innovative health and medtech start-ups as they scale

19 June 2017

On Tuesday 6 June,  PwC and UP Ventures brought the curtain down on their Future of Health programme with a London demo evening, to mark the finale of a 12 week journey supporting a cohort of innovative health and medtech start-ups as they scale across the North West and beyond.

The Future of Health, one of PwC’s Startup Growth Programmes, sponsored by Bupa and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, focussed on employee wellbeing, connected healthcare and long term care. During the 12 week programme, the startup cohort have received access to business development support from leading experts, guidance from senior mentors within PwC and our clients, sponsors and UP’s network all giving opportunities to engage with decision makers and key stakeholders from some of the healthcare industry's leaders, to drive commercial opportunities and innovation.

The programme has been hosted at The Landing, MediaCityUK’s digital and technology enterprise hub which is home to over 100 tech start-ups and scale-ups. Being based at The Landing has also granted the cohort access to some of the most advanced UX, IoT and VR testing facilities in the UK.

The ‘demo’ evening in London, hosted at PwC Embankment Place, gave a platform for the Spring '17 cohort to showcase the products and services that will help shape the Future of Health to 100+ attendees, including senior PwC stakeholders, industry decision-makers, investors and members of the health-tech community. Whilst the end of the programme it is not the end of the relationships, as PwC continue to work with the startups and the connections made to drive change in the health sector to add to the exciting pilot opportunities that have already come as a result of the Future of Health. Clients in attendance included NHS England, Nuffield Health, Network Rail, Kent Academic Health Sciences Network and the British Medical Journal.

Iwan Griffiths, PwC’s North West regional chairman said:

"The Future of Health programme has been specifically designed to provide support to entrepreneurs and small businesses across the healthtech sector. In the future the way we deliver health services will undoubtedly change: investing time and effort in the startup community will help facilitate that change.

“The ‘demo’ evening presented a fantastic opportunity for the Spring 17 cohort to showcase their ideas to key stakeholders on how they feel change can be delivered across the health service and PwC is delighted to have been able to play a role in that process”.

Our Private Business UK Innovation Leader Nigel Howlett added: “The quality of the startups on the Future of Work was high, judging by the success stories coming out of the programme for the startups and our clients.

“As we continue to develop this across the UK, Manchester was an ideal location to host a healthtech programme, being well known for its large health sector presence and fast-paced startups.”

The digital and tech industries have been developing strongly in Manchester and the North West for some time, with the city being named part of the top 20 European cities for supporting digital innovation and entrepreneurship, according to the latest European Digital City Index 2016.

  • 11 Health is a connected medical device and SaaS company focused on the medical bag market and specifically stoma care.
  • Aerobit is a smart IoT led Asthma Platform coupled with smart hardware empowering patients to take control of their treatment and keep doctors and family members in sync.
  • Altogame’s massive virtual multiplayer games and simulations change the way people innovate, collaborate and learn together.
  • Cera was founded with the aim of delivering excellent, consistent and transparent care for people of all ages in the comfort of their own homes.
  • HiMOTIV is an award-winning workplace wellbeing platform for happier, healthier, more engaged and productive employees.
  • Kafoodle brings together a love of food, the nimble use of data and an unstoppable desire for transparency to liberate the way we both create and consume meals.
  • Propeller is a smartphone app that empowers healthcare professionals to communicate quality improvement ideas directly to senior management.
  • UNIQUEDOC's application provides the ability for individuals, teams and whole organisations to communicate and share information quickly and effectively.
  • WellCare focusses on second opinion services, leveraging the service and technology directly off WorldCare Inc and the 18,000 specialists and sub-specialists they work with.

Find out more about our Startup Growth Programmes here.

Or contact Aine McTiernan for more information on Tel: +44 (0)7843 331 771  or email: aine.mctiernan@pwc.com

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